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Five Killed When Car Plows into Pedestrian Zone in Germany

Voice of America
02 Dec 2020, 10:05 GMT+10

Five people, including 9-month-old baby, were killed in Germany on Tuesday when a car plowed into a pedestrian street, according to local police. At least 14 other people were injured.

Police in the southwestern town of Trier arrested the driver, a 51-year-old Trier native, who was intoxicated and appeared to be suffering from psychological problems, prosecutor Peter Fritzen said at a news conference.

Police said there does not appear to be a political motive behind the incident, but Trier Mayor Wolfram Leibe warned that authorities "should not pass premature judgment."

In a statement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered condolences.

"My sympathy goes to the families of those whose lives were so suddenly and violently torn away from them. I am also thinking of the people who suffered injuries, in some cases very serious ones, and I wish them strength," she said.

Germany has tightened security in pedestrian zones across the country since an attack on a Christmas market in Berlin in 2016 left 12 people dead.

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